Holey Houseplants | Let’s Talk Leaf Fenestration

By Kelly Heath

Posted in House Plants

There are many plant features and growth habits that amaze and impress and in this post we’re taking a closer look at leaf fenestration.

Leaf fenestration is when plants naturally produce holes or ‘windows’ in their leaves. While it is beautiful, it is also a functional feature. For example, a bird of paradise will create splits in its leaves' edges in order to allow wind to pass through. It is believed that the Monstera Deliciosa will produce these iconic holes in their leaves in order to allow more sunlight to pass to the lower leaves. And while many plants have holey features, the Monstera Deliciosa, famously known as the Swiss Cheese Plant and sometimes called split-leaf philodendron, is probably one of the most recognizable and typically grows to at least 3 feet wide before it produces leaves with holes.

Looking for something smaller? Little Swiss Monstera (Monstera Adansonii) offers smaller leaves that are still big on texture. The older the plant and the better the conditions, the larger it gets and the bigger its leaves grow. ”

If you are looking for something tinier Gemmell’s Garden Centre also carries the Monstera Adansonii and the Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma, sometimes called the Mini Monstera despite being in a different plant family. With smaller leaves that have leaf fenestration and also the ability to climb, these plants are a favourite for many.

Leaf Fenestration Plants Gemmells Garden Centre Ottawa Indoor Plants

Have these beauties in your home? Learn our best tips on how to care for your tropical Monstera houseplant.

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